Health Updates & Medical Resources
Last update: April 17, 2020
Local Medical Resources for COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms call
triage nurse: 815-875-4531
(after 5pm call 815-875-2811)
Press releases from both area hospitals related to COVID-19
As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its way across Illinois, at St. Margaret’s, we are aggressively planning to care for patients who present with symptoms. You have likely heard in the media that shortages of supplies are expected. There’s a way YOU can help! Please look in your business and homes and consider donating the following items:
Unopened boxes of disposable gloves - nitrile gloves, latex gloves and nylon gloves are all appropriate. Gloves are needed in many aspects of the hospital from medical care to janitorial services.
Masks - Many of us use N95 masks for dust protection in industrial situations or for home hobby use.
Safety glasses with side shields (We are only looking for new items in sealed packaging).
Cartridge for half-mask filters – Specifically, we need 3M High efficiency P3 HEPA Filters (part number 450-00-01).
How can you donate these items?
Call Frank Kobilsek, our Fundraising Coordinator at (815) 866-5757. He will make arrangements to pick up your contribution. Please don’t bring items to the hospital - it is best if you stay home to stay healthy.
If you need medical information about the virus, please use the St. Margaret’s COVID-19 Informational Hotline: (815) 663-2167. We pray you, your family and your co-workers will remain healthy during this challenging time.
The entire St. Margaret’s Health Family
St. Margaret's Hospital has now placed a NO VISITOR POLICY into effect due to COVID-19. In addition, only one person will be allowed to accompany any patient coming to either the hospital or any clinic for an appointment. We are following the recommendations from IDPH, as well as Illinois Governor, JB Pritzker, to slow the spread of this pandemic. We strongly encourage people to STAY HOME. The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.
Illinois Valley Community Hospital is working diligently to prepare for the possibility of treating a high number of COVID-19 patients. This includes making sure we have enough supplies on hand to meet the demand.
While there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country and ALL hospitals are conserving supplies, IVCH would like to assure you that masks and other necessary PPE items (gloves, gowns, eye cover, etc.) are available and are being worn by hospital and clinic staff as needed. Our current PPE usage and protocols are based on CDC standard and transmission-based precautions for caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
While our mask and PPE supply is stable at this time, we are accepting any and all PPE items from businesses and members of the community who would like to make a donation.
Here is a list of items that would be accepted:
Nitrile or vinyl gloves (all sizes)
Facemasks (N95-rated, procedure or surgical)
Clear, hard plastic safety eyewear
Brown paper lunch bags (all sizes)
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we cannot accept or utilize homemade cloth masks.
Donations can be dropped off at the IVCH Receiving dock at the hospital, which is accessible from Plum Street on the southeast side of the hospital main campus. Please follow signs to
Receiving and leave the donation outside the large overhead door.
Please continue to check our IVCH (IVCH.org) website for accurate information and for quick links to the Centers for Disease (CDC) website. You can call the IVCH COVID-19 hotline at 815-780-3425 and talk to a nurse from 7am -7pm daily.
The most important thing the community can do at this time is make sure you are following the State of Illinois’ stay at home order.
We are very appreciative of everyone’s cooperation and support.